The Health and Education department has two primary types of volunteers: Blood Pressure Clinic Volunteers who take blood pressure readings and Program Coaches who lead evidence-based classes following initial training.
If you would like more information about becoming a Blood Pressure Clinic Volunteer or Program Coach, call 633-3700 or fill out the Volunteer Contact Form and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.
Blood pressure clinic volunteers drive to one or more of our six Centers and take blood pressures and pulse for clients. Nursing or appropriate healthcare certification and experience is required. Time commitment would be 2-3 hours on 1 to 2 days per month. Mileage is reimbursed.
Leaders for PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) Classes:
– Diabetes Self-Management Program
– Chronic Pain Self-Management Program
Pairs of trained volunteer coaches co-lead 6 weekly sessions in which participants learn to deal with symptoms and other problems caused by diabetes or chronic pain. In preparation, coaches take a 4½ day local training. These evidence-based classes were developed by the Stanford School of Medicine.
Coaches for Matter of Balance Classes
Pairs of trained volunteer coaches co-lead 8 bi-weekly 2-hour sessions in which participants learn to reduce their fear of falling and increase their activity levels. In preparation, coaches take a 2 day training right here in Midland. This evidence-based program, developed at Boston University, includes a set of gentle exercises that improve strength, flexibility, and balance.